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Three points, three goals and a beautiful day for Swansea

By | 20th September 2011

So, Swansea City now have their first win under their belt, scoring their first goals and securing their first ‘sell out’ of the season as the stadium finally hit the 20,000 mark.

It’s been a long time coming but the Swans can now breathe a huge sigh of relief, with the vital three points propelling Brendan Rogers’s side into fourteenth and after a superb performance on Saturday, Swansea fans will be wondering whether pundits may have been too quick to right off the team as relegation fodder only a few weeks into the new season.

The side can be extremely happy with the current progress. For 60 minutes at the Etihad in our opening Premiership fixture we managed to thwart Manchester City, until they brought on the £37m man Sergio Aguero – a man who cost more money than our own Liberty Stadium cost to build, while draws with Wigan and Sunderland at home all earned the side a vital couple of points.

A visit to the Emirates and Arsenal saw us come away with nothing , but the disappointment of giving away a calamitous goal was quickly filled with quiet optimism as I made my way back to High Street Station from Paddington.

Not only had we competed with Arsenal in their own back yard but realistically should have taken at least a point. Ashley Williams and Steven Caulker looked dominant at the back, while Neil Taylor kept England international Theo Walcott quiet all game.

Yes, Danny Graham was still tirelessly working up front to find his first goal and Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer continued their superb form as they powered up the flanks. Yes, we came away with nothing for the Premiership table, but plenty of optimisim.

So, on to Saturday as West Brom paid their first visit to the Liberty. We were dealt a big blow in the week with the news that Caulker had to return to Tottenham with injury, the big man out for around 6 weeks, while Danny Graham had picked up a back strain.

The signs were not good, but the experienced Garry Monk came back into the side while Leroy Lita started up front, and in hindsight, there was no need for concern.

West Brom offered nothing in the first half, in fact I thought I was back in the Championship as the Swans dominated the game, piled forward and passed the ball beautifully,  buoyed on by a vociferous home crowd, and of course, it was not long before the goals did indeed flow.

Again, Ashley Williams cemented his stature as a prized asset at the back as he marshalled the defence, goalkeeper Michel Worm looked composed between the posts after his error last week while Leroy Lita staked a claim for a starting birth up front with a well taken goal.

Only five goals conceded in five games all season – four of which were against Man City – speaks volumes, and much will depend on the fitness of our back four. If we can continue to keep key defensive players fit – Ashley Williams, Worm, Taylor, Allen then we are always going to be a difficult side to break down.

It was indeed a ‘beautiful day’.

The Premiership no longer holds any fears for me, and as we face the might of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next week, the start of the season has seen even the most pessimistic of Swans fans raise a wry smile in acknowledgement of their excellent start to life in the big time.

David James is a featured writer at a number of, UK football portal which also offers Bet365 free bets on a number of sports. Stay tuned for more of David’s opinions as the Premiership season takes shape.

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